“President Gjorge Ivanov, at a meeting with US Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer, again stressed that he does not accept the agreement reached between Macedonia and Greece as it violates the Constitution and the laws and harms Macedonia’s national interests, reports the presidential office.
Ivanov expressed his expectations that US support for foreign policy goals and Macedonia’s priorities for good neighborly relations and regional cooperation will continue.
‘President Ivanov said that in 2008 the Republic of Macedonia fulfilled the conditions for NATO membership and for all these years has actively contributed in NATO missions, together with the member states. The Republic of Macedonia deserves membership without additional conditions,’ reads the statement.” (Meta)
“Visiting Macedonia on Wednesday, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Matthew Palmer voiced support for the deal struck in June, and for Macedonia’s bids for NATO and European Union membership.
Macedonians will vote in a Sept. 30 referendum on the agreement, which would change their country’s name to ‘North Macedonia.’
Palmer, who met with senior officials in Skopje, said he hopes Macedonians will ‘turn out and vote.'” (Tampa Bay Times)